[ spahr-tn ]
/ ˈspɑr tn /


Also Spar·tan·ic [spahr-tan-ik] /spɑrˈtæn ɪk/. of or relating to Sparta or its people.
(usually lowercase) suggestive of the ancient Spartans; sternly disciplined and rigorously simple, frugal, or austere.
(usually lowercase) brave; undaunted.


a native or inhabitant of Sparta.
a person of Spartan characteristics.

Origin of Spartan

1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin Spartānus, equivalent to Spart(a) Sparta (< Doric Greek Spártā) + -ānus -an

Related forms

Spar·tan·ism, nounSpar·tan·ly, Spar·tan·i·cal·ly, adverbnon-Spar·tan, adjective, noun

Synonym study

1. See austere. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for spartanism


/ (ˈspɑːtən) /


of or relating to Sparta or its citizens
(sometimes not capital) very strict or austerea Spartan upbringing
(sometimes not capital) possessing courage and resolve


a citizen of Sparta
(sometimes not capital) a disciplined or brave person
a Canadian variety of eating apple

Derived Forms

Spartanism, noun
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